What Does the Jameel Prize Mean for Contemporary Islamic Art?
By Lucien de Guise
Detail of "Hyde Park Kashan," 1862 (2011), David Chalmers Alesworth (b. 1957). Photo: David Chalmers Alesworth
TURKEY---In April, U2’s frontman-philosopher Bono made headlines with his suggestion for combating ISIS: by sending in Sacha Baron Cohen and a commando team of standups, comedy would deal a blow to barbarism. I would like to point out a more successful alternative: the Jameel Prize. Although it is less well known than the Turner Prize, the Jameel has a chance of changing more perceptions and saving more cultural heritage. The Jameel Prize is ‘an international award for contemporary art and design inspired by Islamic tradition’.[link]